Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker will miss Spurs' Week 19 clash with Stoke City after picking up a yellow card, his fifth of the season, in the second half of his club's 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.
Kyle Walker suspended for the game against Stoke after picking up a yellow card. #THFC— Addicted to Spurs (@AddictedtoSpurs) December 26, 2013
Walker was shown the yellow card for a bad foul in the 56th minute. But prior to his poor challenge, Walker earned an assist on Christian Eriksen's 36th-minute goal, making a nice run to earn a free-kick opportunity for his side, per Premier League on Twitter:
Although Walker will have to defend more intelligently moving forward, head coach Tim Sherwood would certainly defend his player's effort in the draw, per Premier League on Twitter:
Tim Sherwood: "Disappointed with the result...We were relentless in the second half & on another day it would have fallen for us" #TOTWBA— Premier League (@premierleague) December 26, 2013
Losing Walker for Week 19's showdown with Stoke at White Hart Lane definitely stings. In addition to having made 18 Premier League starts this season, the 23-year-old has been solid at the back, winning a high percentage of his one-on-one battles and doing an excellent job of linking up with his teammates.
According to WhoScored.com, Walker boasts an average Premier League match rating of 7.18.
Sherwood doesn't have a ton of options to play in place of Walker on Sunday, Dec. 29, but 21-year-old Ryan Fredericks is one potential replacement. The inexperienced midfielder is still awaiting his Premier League debut but saw limited action at left-back in UEFA Europa League on Dec. 12:
Ryan Fredericks is on the bench for Spurs. Another player from the youth squad set to be promoted by Tim Sherwood.— Muzzammil Merican (@Afro_Dreamer) December 26, 2013
Fortunately, the Potters don't boast the offensive prowess of a Manchester City or Liverpool. So long as Spurs can remain composed and disciplined on the back line, Sherwood's squad should be able to keep the ball out of their own net and push the ball forward without too much hesitation.
Spurs will be happy to have Walker back for their pivotal New Year's Day clash with defending champions Manchester United at Old Trafford.
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